Ari Henning, Motorcyclist magazine's road test editor, puts the 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade through its paces at the Infineon Raceway...
Saturday, February 25, 2012
More power, less weight and upgraded suspension and brakes - if KTM did an EJC-spec Special Edition of the 690 Duke for the street, things might get very interesting indeed...
The 2012 KTM 690 Duke, which will be raced in the European Junior Cup (EJC) series this year, looks pretty interesting to us – makes us wonder how a well-ridden EJC-spec 690 Duke would do, on the street, against bikes like the R6 or CBR600RR.
Conceived as a training ground for teenage racers, the most talented of whom might ultimately have an opportunity to graduate to a career in World Supersport or World Superbike championships, the European Junior Cup uses identical race-prepped 690 Dukes for all riders. Open to riders between 14 – 19 years of age, the EJC series also features a coaching program run under the guidance of former World Superbikes racer, Simon Crafar. This year’s provisional calendar includes races at Assen, Monza, Misano, Aragon, Brno, Silverstone, Nurburgring and Magny Cours.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
In terms of sales volumes, India-based Hero Motocorp is perhaps the biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the world, selling about six million units per annum. The Hero Group had tied up with Honda back in 1984 and the joint-venture company, Hero Honda, became the leading motorcycle manufacturer in India. The partnership between Hero and Honda ended last year and Hero Honda is now Hero Motorcorp Ltd., with a stated aim of achieving revenues of US$10 Billion and volumes of 10 million units (including motorcycles and scooters) per annum by 2016-17.
After Honda’s exit, Hero have been looking for a suitable partner from whom they would source technology for bigger, better motorcycles – the kind of bikes which the fast-evolving Indian market is likely to be looking for in the years to come. And now, Erik Buell Racing (EBR) have stepped in to fill the void and, in the process, claim a toehold in the Indian motorcycle market. Hero Motocorp and EBR have formed a strategic partnership which includes multiple areas of collaboration.